Copiague to hold early kindergarten registration

Beloved Copiague Resident Matteo Tambasco

March 16, 1940 – January 26, 2015


Mr. Matteo Tambasco, of Copiague, L.I., died Monday, January 26th, 2015, at the age of 74. Affectionately known as ‘Matty’ to all who loved him, he was a long-time resident of Copiague.  Copiague residents, as well as our surrounding communities, knew Matty as one of our local beloved Mailmen, as he had worked for the Copiague Post Office; and then in later years, working for Advantage Realty, where he worked side-by-side with his daughter, Anna. He leaves his beloved wife, Catherine; his children – Anna Tambasco-Tarantino and son-in-law, James; Vito Tambasco; and Carmela Aiello and son-in-law, Tom; his grandchildren -… - Richard Spinelli, Matthew Spinelli, James Gallagher, Brianna Tambasco, Vito Tambasco, Nicholas Ragolia and Allie Aiello; and his sister, Sophie Laccone.

There were viewings Thursday and Friday, January 29 and 30; from 2-4:30 and 7-9:30 p.m. at D’Andrea Bros. in Copiague. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, January 31st, at 10:00 a.m., in the Auditorium of Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Church in Copiague. Entombment followed at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

Editors Note: Matty has always been a good friend and a supporter of all my ventures. He was always nothing but kind, respectful and someone that was truly genuine. His family are in my prayers and may god bless them.

Copiague to Hold Early Kindergarten Registration Feb.2-6, 2015

Early kindergarten registration for the Copiague Union Free School District will be held at the district administrative office, located in the Copiague Middle School on Great Neck Road, from Feb. 2-6, 2015, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., by appointment only.

Children who have turned age 5 on or before Dec. 1, 2015 are eligible to attend school in September 2015. Registration requirements include proof of the child’s age, residence within the boundaries of the Copiague School District, and immunizations against polio, measles, rubella (German measles), mumps, diphtheria and hepatitis B. Additional information on immunizations should be requested from your child’s physician. A law enacted in 2008 expands a physical to include a dental health screening.

For registration information, call 631-842-4015, ext. 538. Those who do not plan to register their children at this time should also call school officials to assist in the district’s planning.


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Copiague Superintendent Announces Retirement; Board Appoints New Superintendent Effective Sept. 2015


On Jan. 12, the Copiague School District Board of Education accepted the resignation for the purposes of retirement of Superintendent of Schools Charles A. Leunig, effective Aug. 31, 2015, while simultaneously appointing Associate Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Bannon as his successor. Members click on title “In this Issue” for FULL STORY.



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Scientific Excellence

1Chairperson of science Dr. Daniel Leccese (right) and Copiague Middle School Principal Andrew Lagnado (left) with first place winner Kryal Patel.

Celebrating exceptional scientific research, a special assembly was held at Copiague Middle School for students that participated in this year’s science fair.

Chairperson of Science Dr. Daniel Leccese and Principal Andrew Lagnado distributed 13 awards to individuals and groups of students who displayed distinguishable work on their science fair projects. Through generous contributions from science department faculty and staff and the Copiague Chamber of Commerce, students received certificates, trophies and cash prize awards for their efforts.

2Science award recipients with faculty and staff in the Copiague Middle School science department.

Along with special awards and honorable mention certificates, three projects received third place, two received second place and student Kryal Patel took the first place trophy for her project, “Marker Colored Drinks.”

“Overall the students did a fantastic job,” Dr. Leccese, said. “The level of creativity coupled with the students’ creativity and enthusiasm made for an excellent day.”


Friend of Copiague Former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo Dead At 82

a - cuomosCurrent NY Governor Andrew Cuomo with his father,                                                         Former NY Governor Mario Cuomo

Former NY Gov Mario Cuomo, died Thursday. at the age of 82.

Cuomo had been hospitalized recently to treat a heart condition. His family said he passed away, at home, from “natural causes due to heart failure.” at his Manhattan apartment surrounded by his family.

Cuomo passed away five hours after his oldest son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was formally sworn-in to a second term in Manhattan. The elder Cuomo was too ill to attend.

Mario Cuomo was governor for three terms, from 1983 to 1995.

Governor Mario Coumo’s brother Frank lived on East Drive in Copiague where the Governor visited on numerous occasions.

He’s survived by Matilda Raffa Cuomo, his wife of 60 years, as well as five children and 14 grandchildren.

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Copiague Announces Class of 2015 Top TenTop_Ten

From left: (sitting) Nicolette Vasseur, William Hernandez, Natalie Korba, Melanie Barreiro and Thomas Clark; (standing) Assistant Principal Bradley Reminick, Gabriela Rivera, Michael Hararah, Kristen Stedman, Ivette Fuentes, Christopher Dundon and Principal Jeanette Altruda.

Years of hard work have paid off for Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School seniors Natalie Korba and Melanie Barreiro, as they were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2015.

With a weighted GPA of 103.264, Korbahas earned the distinction of being named valedictorian of the Class of 2014. Throughout her academic career in Copiague, Korbahas excelled academically. Taking multiple Advanced Placement courses, including her current course load of five APs, Korba has been named an AP Scholar with Distinction by the College Board. Heavily involved in her school community,she has held the title of class president all four years of high school and currently serves as co-president of science Olympiad, vice president of the National Honor Society and madrigal choir and secretary of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Korba is also a scholar-athlete for the cheerleading squad and actively involved in her local church.

With a weighted GPA of 102.562, Barreiroranks second in her class of 328. Having taken multiple AP courses, including Spanish language and economics, Barreirohas been recognized by the College Board as an AP Scholar with Distinction. In addition to her academic success, Barreiro is a member of the National Honor Society, co-captain of the varsity gymnastics team, and involved with the drama club, key club, madrigal choir and Treehuggerz club.

The Copiague School District congratulates theentire Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2015 Top 10:

  • Natalie Korba, Valedictorian

  • Melanie Barreiro, Salutatorian

  • William Hernandez, Third

  • Nicolette Vasseur, Fourth

  • Thomas Clark, Fifth

  • Kristen Stedman, Sixth

  • Ivette Fuentes, Seventh

  • Michael Hararah, Eighth

  • Christopher Dundon, Ninth

  • Gabriela Rivera, Tenth
















Madrigals make music for Veterans

Madrigals_VeteransIn recognition of Veterans Day, members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Madrigal Choir, under the direction of Gina Occhiogrosso, performed at the Veterans Memorial at the Melville Postal Facility on Nov. 9.


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Copiague Students Honored for Creativity by Fire Department

Fire_AwardA student from Deauville Gardens West Elementary School is presented with a medal by Superintendent of Schools Charles A. Leuing during the Copiague Fire Department’s annual fire safety essay and poster contest awards ceremony.

Every October, in recognition of National Fire safety Month, elementary students in the Copiague School District participate in the Copiague Fire Department’s annual essay and poster contest. Following the theme, “Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives,” students in k-2 drew posters depicting the theme, while third, forth and fifth graders wrote essays.

On Nov. 6, Board of Education members, Superintendent of Schools Charles A. Leunig, Associate superintendent Dr. Kathleen Bannon and elementary school principals and assistant principals gathered at the fire department for an awards ceremony honoring student participants and winners of the contest. During the ceremony, members of the fire department and school administration presented the students with medals for their award-winning work.

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The Didgeridoo Down Under

SEW_DidgeridooStudents at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School participate in the “edu-tainment” show The Didgeridoo Down Under.

Combining music, culture, science, literacy development, comedy and lessons on character building and anti-bullying, students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in Copiague welcomed Tanya Gerard and Rob Thomas and their “edu-tainment” show, The Didgeridoo Down Under.

The interactive show used student participation and the musical instrument the didgeridoo, usually a hollowed-out tree trunk or branch, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its otherworldly sound to entertain the students and reinforce the important lessons of character and kindness.



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Local Veterans Honored at Copiague Ceremony

GNR_Veterans_1Great Neck Road Elementary School fifth-grader Anne Mahnken and her sister, kindergartner Ruth Mahnken welcomed family friend Staff Sgt. Eamonn McDonough to the school’s annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Nov. 7

In recognition of Veterans Day, students and staff at Copiague’s Great Neck Road Elementary School hosted its annual Veterans Day breakfast to honor local heroes for their sacrifices.

The staff and students invited members of the local VFW, as well as relatives of students who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces, to a breakfast celebration. The attendees enjoyed musical performances and a brief history of the different branches of the military.

As a special touch, students gave a presentation on America’s White Table, which is a table set in many mess halls as a symbol for and remembrance of service members fallen, missing or held captive in the line of duty. It is the table where no one will ever sit.

“We feel it is important we continue this tradition so we can honor the brave men and women who served in our armed forces,” said Principal Joseph Agosta.

GNR_Veterans_2Veterans2: Kindergarten students at Great Neck Road Elementary School sang patriotic songs for the local heroes who attended the school’s annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Nov. 7
GNR_Veterans_3In recognition of Veterans Day, students and staff at Copiague’s Great Neck Road Elementary School hosted its annual Veterans Day breakfast to honor local heroes for their sacrifices.


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